Best of Web – Hanwen Zhao, Spring 2018

Best of Web – Hanwen Zhao, Spring 2018


Title: Invisible Coral Flows

Photo Credit: Vicente Fernandez

This is a image of Pocillopora damicornis (cauliflower coral), taken by Vicente Fernandez from MIT. It shows a fluid vortex generated by cilia covering the coral’s surface, generating a whirlpool structure in the surrounding seawater.

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  • Zachary Hinck
    Feb 2, 2018 10:28

    2nd place, I really love the color scheme and how this would normally not be seen with the naked eye

  • Julian Quick
    Feb 2, 2018 09:41

    Third place. The complex dynamics are shown in a nice way and the color range is nice.

  • Cara Medd
    Feb 1, 2018 20:21

    Third place – this image is unreal! Have not seen anything else like this and the colors were an amazing choice. It’s very perplexing!

  • Madison Emmett
    Feb 1, 2018 10:20

    Third Place! This is such an enthralling image. It seems like something from space at first but reading the description to find it is coral’s cilia in seawater makes it even better. It captures a very interesting phenomenon and the colors in the dark water are wonderful.

  • Riley Kenyon
    Jan 31, 2018 13:15

    Second Place-
    At a glance this image looks like it could be a time-lapse of a starry night, but the fact it actually is a fluid vortex makes it even better. The color scheme really catches your eye and draws attention to the whirlpool structure. Overall, a beautiful image.

  • Cody Williams
    Jan 28, 2018 20:33

    Second place. The swirl of complex fluid vortexes from the cilia and the rainbow of colors truly add to this submission’s aesthetically pleasing quality. The vortexes highlight some of the primary defining aspects of fluid motion.

  • Cyron Completo
    Jan 26, 2018 15:17

    Third place! The colors in this submission are breathtaking. Not only are the colors and lines aesthetically pleasing, but they serve to highlight the direction of vortical flows in the coral.


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